NRL preview panel - grand final day
PREVIEW OF NRL GRAND FINAL MATCHES (all times AEST):
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
NRL: Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium, 7.30pm
Head to Head: Roosters 34, Raiders 28
Last clash: Round 21, 2019 - Roosters 22 bt Raiders 18 at GIO Stadium
The Roosters are the defending premiers and the bookmakers' favourites.
Key: It's the slick attacking machine that is the Roosters against the defensively gritty stonewall that is the Raiders, and whoever can impose their style for the longest that is likely to decide the outcome.
NRLW: Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium, 4.05pm
Head to head: Broncos 1, Dragons 1
Last clash: Round 1, 2019 - Broncos 14 bt Dragons 4 at Bankwest Stadium
Brisbane aim to go back to back in the first two years of the NRLW competition after beating the Roosters in last year's decider. On Sunday they come up against a Dragons side that has four of their premiership winners in it, after they all made a move down to Wollongong this season alongside suspended star Teulia Fotu-Moala. The Broncos will go in as favourites after losing just one game in the last two years, but the Dragons have Dally M player of the year Jessica Sergis in their side.
Key: Brittany Brealey was Dally M player of the year last year at Brisbane but was one of the stars to head to the Dragons in 2019. Is a star out of dummy half and defensively sound for St George Illawarra.
State championship: Newtown Jets v Burleigh Bears at ANZ Stadium, 1.35pm
Head to head: None
Last clash: None
Twenty one players with NRL experience will battle it out for what will be the sixth state championship fought between the respective winners of the reserve grade competitions in NSW and Queensland. The sunshine state claimed the first two victories, but NSW teams have since won three in a row. Led by Cronulla players Ronaldo Mulitalo, Blayke Brailey and Jayson Bukuya, the Jets enter the clash fresh from a dramatic extra-time grand final in their state grand final. The Bears match their rivals in NRL experience with Anthony Don, Jack Buchanan and Blake Leary.
Key: Jets lock Billy Magoulias showed why he is considered a star of the future with 182 metres, 56 post-contact metres, 56 tackles, and the game-winning chip kick in last week's grand final win.
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